Powdering floor polish and mucous membrane irritation in secondary school pupils
2000 (English)In: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, ISSN 0340-0131 (print) 1432-1246 (online), Vol. 73, no 7, 498-502 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: Acrylate-styrene copolymer polish has been used to protect the surface of linoleum flooring since the 1960s. Problems with powdering of floor polish were observed at an early stage. In a secondary school in Linköping, Sweden, this phenomenon occurred in the winter of 1994–1995 and the pupils frequently reported irritative symptoms from the eyes and airways. This study was undertaken to assess the potential effect of powdering floor polish on the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract.
Methods: Repeated questionnaire-based surveys were conducted with identical questions in the spring of 1995 (during the powdering period) and in the autumn of 1995 (after the polish was removed). The questions dealt with irritative symptoms from the nose, eye, throat and lower respiratory tract.
Results: A preventive effect related to the removal of polish was found for irritative symptoms in all locations mentioned above, but was particularly clear for the lower respiratory tract (prevalence rate ratio=0.37, 95% CI=0.23–0.59).
Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that the powdering of floor polish may cause irritative symptoms from the eyes and airways in school children.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 73, no 7, 498-502 p.
Acrylates, Dust, Sick-building syndrome, Epidemiology, Follow up
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13658DOI: 10.1007/s004200000176OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13658DiVA: diva2:21121